Bobcats end 18-game losing streak with win over Bulls
Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – The Charlotte Bobcats ended an 18-game losing streak at the expense of the Chicago Bulls, 91-81.
Coach Mike Dunlap gave up on the offense he’d been running during the streak where they lost by a 13.3 point average.
The Bobcats’ switch to a motion offense, which is less predictable and more free-flowing, allowed them to shoot 47 percent from the field.
The also shot 58 percent in the fourth quarter after the Bulls, who had beaten them in their last five meetings, and had come back to tie the game at 65-65. The only flaw offensively was the foul shooting, a 21 of 38 (55 percent) effort.
The Bobcats (8-23) also played better defense, holding the Bulls (16-13) to 35 percent shooting. Their opponents averaged 107.8 points on 47.5 percent shooting during the streak.
They also outrebounded the Bulls 52-49.
Point guard Kemba Walker had eight rebounds, along with 18 points and six assists.
Gerald Henderson added 16 points and Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions chipped in 15 points each.
Forward Jeff Adrien had a career-high three blocks and tied a career high with nine rebounds in 23 minutes for the Bobcats.
The Bulls were led by Luol Deng, who had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer, who had 19 points and 14 boards.